The regular meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners was held in the basement meeting room of the courthouse Monday, December 4, 2017.
Chairman Al Joe Wallace called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m. with Vice-Chairman Terry Finch and Member Alexis Pflugh present. County Clerk Dawn Harlow was in attendance.
Others present for portions of the meeting: Howard Wehrman, Norman Mannel, Cynthia Nelson, Sondra Lyne, John Grace, Mark Mingenback, Jim Wiebke, Jennifer O’Hare, Mona Gerstmann, Debora Zachgo, Michel O’Hare, Robert Howe, and Rhonda Wright.
Terry Finch moved to approve the minutes of the November 22, 2017 regular meeting as corrected, seconded by Alexis Pflugh. Motion carried. Terry Finch moved to approve the minutes of the November 30, 2017 regular meeting as presented, seconded by Al Joe Wallace. Motion carried. Voting as follows: Wallace – Aye; Finch – Aye; Pflugh – Abstained.
Correspondence: North Central Regional Planning Commission, CDBG grants available to communities for Housing Rehabilitation & Demolition Programs.
County Attorney Jennifer O’Hare presented a first amendment to the Lincoln Park Manor lease agreement. Alexis Pflugh moved to approve the Amendment to the Lease Agreement with Lincoln Park Manor, seconded by Terry Finch. Motion carried. (Increased rent in the amount of $400 for the back rent.)
John Grace and Mark Mingenback, Lincoln Park Manor presented bids for the following equipment needs: replace 12 beds – $25,000; replace floor scrubber – $2,200; replace 6 corridor fire doors (3 sets) – obtaining bids; and replace the door and electronics between the nursing home and assisted living. No decision was made this date. Grace related that the Director of Nursing has resigned her position; currently making budgetary changes at the facility; and will increase room rental resident’s rates for 2018.
County Attorney Jennifer O’Hare requested an executive session to discuss the mediation. Al Joe Wallace moved to recess into executive session for fifteen minutes with County Attorney O’Hare present, justification: for consultation with an attorney for the public body or agency which would be deemed privileged in the attorney-client relationship, statement: possible pending litigation in which information must be discussed between client and counselor prior to public discussion, seconded by Terry Finch. Motion carried.
Time entering 10:33 a.m. Time reconvening in the basement meeting room: 10:48 a.m.
The chairman reconvened the meeting to regular session at 10:48 a.m. with no action taken.
Alexis Pflugh moved to authorize County Attorney Jennifer O’Hare to proceed with the mediation agreement with Thomas Bersheidt with a deposit of $500, seconded by Terry Finch. Motion carried. (Settlement Conference Agreement for N 50th Rd)
Human Resource Officer Debora Zachgo provided the revised job descriptions and performance evaluations for the board to review.
Director of Public Works Michel O’Hare related that annual bridge inspections for 2016 were included in the biennial bridge inspection report. O’Hare presented a quote to install piling and set beams and caps from L & M Contractors; and provided the bridge policy that was approved previously this year. O’Hare forwarded a request from Krista Cheney to close approximately one-half mile road located in the 1000 block of E Milo Dr. The board requested that O’Hare visit with adjacent landowners prior to proceeding. Road and Bridge Supervisor Robert Howe reported that crews have finished bridge FAS 470; are working on other smaller bridges; spot graveling and mowing; snow fence installed last week; and will begin lowering signs adjacent to bridges as time allows. Commissioner Pflugh inquired about the utilization of the Mobile 311 program.
The board discussed the following topics regarding gravel pit lease agreements: price per yard; mined areas being taxed as commercial properties; use of property after land is reclaimed; and whether the current lease agreements are sufficient to encourage landowners to lease property to the county.
Clerk Harlow related that the Lisa Feldkamp had been asked by the Rescue Squad to assist with applying for grant funding to replace aged equipment and that she is willing to assist, but would need to have the commissioners authorize her to submit applications on behalf of the County as the Rescue Squad is a County department. No decision was made this date.
The board listened to public comment regarding taxing access roads to gravel pits, as the access road would be considered commercial property as well.
With no further business to come before the board the chairman adjourned the meeting at 12:22 p.m. until 10:00 a.m. Monday, December 11, 2017 in the commission meeting room of the courthouse.